Lady and Bird Mixed media on wood, mounted on wood board Signed Soo Pieng and dated 1969 with a gallery label on the reverse 96.5cm x 76.2cm (38in x 30in).
Provenance: an American private collection
Acclaimed Singaporean-Chinese artist Cheong Soo Pieng (Zhong Sibin, 1917-1983) experimented with the use of 'found objects' in his paintings, at times extending his canvases into three-dimensional works. A metal relief work dated to 1970 entitled 'Imagination' is in the collection of the National Art Gallery, Singapore, and was highlighted in the retrospective exhibition Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds held at the Singapore Art Museum from September 15 to December 26, 2010.
In this current work 'Lady and Bird', Cheong utilised various metals and other 'found materials' to fashion one of his most beloved motifs of a Balinese lady. Copper plates, shavings, hammered metals, wire mesh, and painted paper were all combined to form this rare sculptural relief. It showcases the artist's command of sculptural media, as well as his creativity in expanding the traditional parameters of painting.
鍾泗賓 美人與鳥 複合媒體 木框 一九六九年作
背面簽名： Soo Pieng, 1969 背面附畫廊標簽
著名新加坡華裔畫家鍾泗賓於作畫生涯中， 經常採用拾物為創作材料， 令平面畫作充滿立體感。 鍾氏之1970年金屬浮雕名作'Imagination'〈假想〉， 現藏新加坡國家美術館， 並曾於2010年9月15日至12月26日新加坡美術館之「鍾泗賓回顧展」Cheong Soo Pieng: Bridging Worlds展出。
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